What is the snowball effect in surfing? I got yelled at for pulling out at the last second. The guy said I was causing a snow ball effect. What the heck does that mean?
In Intermediate - Asked by Johnny


I’m not sure if the correct term is the “snow ball effect.” That term usually refers to how waves are formed when winds blow on ripples in the water. The wind continues to push into the ripples causing a snowball effect that eventually turns into a bigger wave. What that other surfer is referring to is the disturbance you are causing by paddling the shoulder of the wave. Surfers are always looking for the cleanest wave that holds up well. You’re paddling is essentially, in a way tearing down the wall of the wave causing it to crumble faster that otherwise would hold up in a more shapely, ripable wave.